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Moyes’s durable Technora cloth for hang glider sails

Moyes’s durable Technora cloth for hang glider sails

Hang glider manufacturer Moyes have developed their own Technora® based cloth in conjunction with Dimension Polyant Australia. It incorporates two UV film layers and an additional ‘warp’ weave for added stability (so it stretches less). Technically speaking the cloth is a transparent mylar with black Technora® fibres which are much stronger than conventional polyester fibres. […]





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Video: Icaro’s Nikita 4 acro wing

Video: Icaro’s Nikita 4 acro wing

Xandi Meschuh says the Nikita 4 is the best acro wing he’s had in 14 years … Here he is, loving the proto he tested back in March. It’s now in production in the middle (18m2) of five sizes. Icaro describe it as a “moderately agile” acro wing in its standard configuration with the ‘smoothie’ trim. […]





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Sol release the Lotus One – EN C

Sol release the Lotus One – EN C

Sol have released a a high-end EN C glider for experienced  and competition pilots. Think old-school DHV2-3 class, say Sol. Its precise and dynamic handling needs an experienced touch to get the most out of it, and Sol say it is honed for efficient thermalling. The Lotus One is available in four colours and four […]





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Tom Weissenberger wins Brazilian Hang Gliding Nationals

Tom Weissenberger wins Brazilian Hang Gliding Nationals

Tom Weissenberger led a trio of Moyes Boys to win the Brazilian Nationals in Brasilia last week. Tom won four of six tasks to win the comp with 4,597 points. He was just ahead of Jonny Durand on 4,477, who won the other two tasks. Third place was Rafael Strohschoen Do Mello. All three pilots […]





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British Paragliding Cup 2014: Comp report

British Paragliding Cup 2014: Comp report

The British Paragliding Cup is a series of fun competitions designed to help pilots discover the joys of competing. Organiser Laurie Gavaghan reports on the 2014 British Paragliding Cup When I took over the running of the BP Cup in 2012 it was my intention to hold the first round the following year on the […]





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Almond pastes it for a new UK hang gliding record

Almond pastes it for a new UK hang gliding record

England’s long hot summer of XC extravaganza continued at the weekend – as the tail end of Hurricane Bertha swept through, the small site of Milk Hill in the south of the country again saw record-breaking action. Riled by the record-breaking paragliding feats of Mark Watts and Al Wilson the weekend before, when both pilots broke […]





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Podcast: Mark Watts on flying 275km for the UK PG record

Podcast: Mark Watts on flying 275km for the UK PG record

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On 3 August 2014 Mark Watts broke the UK paragliding and hang gliding distance records, flying 275.5 km from Milk Hill, to Cromer, Norfolk. This podcast interview (click Play above) by Hugh Miller, one of Mark’s flying friends, was done in the back of a car after both pilots flew a slightly less epic 17km […]





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Air Design Rise 2 certified EN B

Air Design Rise 2 certified EN B

Air Design have released their later high-end EN B glider, the Rise 2. Sizes XS, S, M and L have all now been certified. Air Design say the Rise 2… …is the ideal glider for pilots who have already gained some experience and are looking for a glider with more performance and agility. It is […]





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Nova release the Ion 3 Light, EN B

Nova release the Ion 3 Light, EN B

Nova have released a light version of their EN B wing the Ion 3 The wing is 1.5kg lighter than the Ion 3. Nova say: “The Ion 3 Light is a fully-fledged Ion 3 with excellent performance, uncomplicated to fly, with a great deal of passive safety – but it is nearly one and a half kilograms lighter. […]





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Records fall on UK’s Super Sunday

Records fall on UK’s Super Sunday

Two pilots smashed the UK open distance paragliding record on Sunday 3 August 2014, with record flights that took them past the 250km mark and across England to the coast. Former GB Champion Mark Watts flew a record-breaking 275.5km to grab the open distance record, while sports class pilot Al Wilson flew just shy of […]





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Guy Anderson: ‘Why I love flying paragliding comps’

Guy Anderson: ‘Why I love flying paragliding comps’

From ‘Epic fail in Colombia’ to ‘Epic 200k in the USA’ the paragliding comp scene has seen some big moments in 2014 so far. Not all of them have been pretty, but for many pilots taking part the politics and wrangling over wings has simply been an unwanted distraction from what’s really important: flying fast in […]





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European Paragliding Championships 2014: 3-16 August

European Paragliding Championships 2014: 3-16 August

What the drone sees … a view of the main take off in Kopaonik during the Paragliding World Cup in 2013. Video: Nobojsa Rosic The European Paragliding Championships kicks off in Serbia on Sunday 3 August for two weeks of high-level competition. The comp is being held in Kopaonik from 3-16 August 2014 and will […]





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Cross Country Sup’Air Sora contest winners

Cross Country Sup’Air Sora contest winners

Gaëtan Heudeleine and Victor Sebe in full swing… Cross Country magazine prize winners Lex Hagenbeek and Gaëtan Heudeleine had an “excellent” day on Thursday 17 July when they hooked up with the Sup’Air tandem team to go flying with the new Sup’Air Sora. Lex was the lucky winner pulled out of the hat following a […]





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Bill Moyes wins FAI Gold Air Medal

Bill Moyes wins FAI Gold Air Medal

Bill Moyes has been awarded one of the most prestigious awards in air sports – the FAI Gold Air Medal. The award was announced on 17 July 2014, and will be presented at a forthcoming FAI conference in Thailand. The FAI is the World Air Sports Federation. According to the FAI website the award is one […]





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Pascal Purin joins Nova

Pascal Purin joins Nova

Nova have announced that 25-year-old Pascal Purin has joined their development and test team, alongside head of design Philipp Medicus. They say: The young, 25 year old from Vorarlberg (Austria) is already well known in the competition and test pilot scene. Many will also know him as a talented saxophonist and he has been heard […]





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Icaro sports sunglasses

Icaro sports sunglasses

Icaro’s new sports glasses will shield your eyes from the sun’s glare and the rush of the wind, “making watering eyes a thing of the past”. They have Icaro’s Edelweiss motif on the arm, and are suitable for a wide range of sports.  www.icaro-paragliders.com • Got news? Send it to us at news@paramotormag.com Home





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Ken Hutt paraglides Cho Oyu for End Polio Now campaign

Ken Hutt paraglides Cho Oyu for End Polio Now campaign

In May Ken Hutt climbed and flew from the flanks of 8,000m Himalayan giant Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world. This is his description of the climb and flight It was 6am on 23 May; the sun had risen over the summit. The wind was almost calm. This was the weather window […]





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Annecy Mondial 2014: Video roundup

Annecy Mondial 2014: Video roundup

Annecy Mondial 2014, the multi-class hang gliding world championships held in France from 22 June to 5 July, saw some of the world’s best hang glider pilots flying in a perfect arena. Antoine Boisselier and Christophe Tong Viet were on hand to capture the action and the atmosphere of the competition, focusing on each class […]





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Follow your Instinct: Icaro’s Instinct TE, EN B

Follow your Instinct: Icaro’s Instinct TE, EN B

The EN B class is crowded with wings, and it takes something remarkable to mark one out. In the latest issue of Cross Country magazine Marcus King takes Icaro’s Instinct TE out into the summer thermals of southern France. And as he explains, one of the things that makes this wing different from its brothers […]





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Video: Advance’s new Sigma 9, Meet the team

Video: Advance’s new Sigma 9, Meet the team

Advance’s new Sigma 9 was released at the start of the Alpine summer, and Cross Country was there to greet the arrival of this new kid on the block. We headed to Thun in Switzerland and the Advance HQ to get an up close and personal introduction with the latest Sports class glider from the […]





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